Thursday March 25th, 2010

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins, the Kentucky Wildcats' style icon. (Luke Winn/SI)

Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins isn't a lock for first-team All-America honors, but he is for first-team All-Style Archive. What other player has Cuz's range? On Saturday we caught him rocking a bad bootleg tee that uses his name in a Southern inbreeding joke ... and on Wednesday he came out for interviews with a look reminiscent of Spike Lee.

Our museum of college hoops style was closed for renovations during the regular season -- blame the Olympics -- but returns with a Cousins-led special exhibition:

The Ralphie

(Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's)

Is the Aussie wearing a mouthguard, or being forced -- a la A Christmas Story's main character -- to put a bar of soap in his mouth? We shall never know.

Two Masks & an Old Guy

(Tai Wesley, Tyler Newbold, Utah St.)

Texas A&M's Bryan Davis, an easily startled octogenarian, was attacked by two masked men in the opening round. He survived (but lost to Purdue two days later).


(Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga)

The Zags' combo guard is the only college hoopster with an Allman Brothers/Warren Haynes shout-out on his Nike IDs. Better than sunshine, better than moonshine.

Lewis: Top Shooter

(Gilberto Clavell, Sam Houston St.)

A friend texted me when I was at the Baylor-Sam Houston State game and said of Clavell, "That guy in the rec-specs is straight out of Arch Rivals." Hence, Lewis.

Honest Abe Pullen

(Jacob Pullen Kansas State)

The Pullen Beard became a phenomenon in Manhattan, Kan., inspiring Fear The Beard shirts and mass purchases of Abe Lincoln costume facial hair.


(Lucas O'Rear, Northern Iowa)

He's already been in the Archive for his shamrock shoulder tattoo, and now makes it for a second time on the strength of his chops, which give him X-Men-like powers.

The Lil' Boosie

(Tweety Carter, Baylor)

His homage to the incarcerated Baton Rouge rapper helped him win a bet with the Old Dominion band in New Orleans. And helped him beat Old Dominion.

Bearish Hosiery

(Ekpe Udoh, Baylor)

The man whose middle name is Friday goes animal-style with his game socks, displaying the Bears' logo rather than Adidas stripes. The Archive approves.

Chicago Ball

(Sherron Collins, Kansas)

KU's senior point guard has a hard-to-spot Cubs logo tattooed on the inside of his right forearm, and a "312" -- Chicago's main area code -- on his left forearm.

Wes Coast Beats

(Wes Johnson, Syracuse)

Beats headphones now have a 92 percent market share in NCAA locker rooms, but Johnson's white-pair-with-orange-jumpsuit look makes the best style statement.

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